George Clooney busy organizing star-studded Help For Haiti telethon, including Robert Pattinson – We all know good people like him, someone who, instead of standing around stunned and wondering what to do in a crisis, jumps into action and leads all the dazed people toward working together on a solution that they could not accomplish alone by themselves.
In Boston, it might be a big-hearted Irish firefighter who does this time and time again in his community; in your neighborhood, it might be the retired homemaker on the corner whose home is still always full of kids. In your office, it might be the office assistant, or the most popular and outgoing salesperson on the staff, the one everyone likes. People want to help people like this; they respond when these people ask them to help. In Hollywood, actor George Clooney is one of these people. He’s asking for help for Haiti, and his colleagues in the entertainment industry around the world are responding.
Mr. Clooney is busy lining up performers, presenters, people to staff the phones, and more for his Hope for Haiti telethon that will be held to raise money for earthquake relief in the beleagured country. The telethon will be broadcast on several television stations Friday evening, January 22, 2010 beginning at 8 p.m. ET and will also be featured on Facebook and MySpace.
According to MTV.com, Mr. Clooney approached MTV first about the possibility of a telethon. From the red carpet of the Golden Globes, where he was busy recruiting talent for the event, Clooney is quoted as saying: “The first call I made was to Judy [McGrath, MTV Networks’ chief executive]. She said, ‘Yes, everybody will do it, everybody’s in’ and that they were thinking of doing it too. They got the ball rolling and we got every single network after that.” According to MTV, the 2-hour event will be simulcast on the following networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT.
Anchor Anderson Cooper of CNN will host from Haiti with Mr. Clooney from Los Angeles. Wycleaf Jean will host from New York. E! Online is reporting that actor/musician Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame will present from London with performances by Bono and Jay-Z.
Artists reportedly on board whether performing, staffing phone banks, presenting, or in other capacities include: Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Alicia Keys, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt, Anna Kendrick, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Renée Zellweger, Chris Pine, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Colin Farrell, Jon Hamm, Gabby Sidibe, Emily Blunt, and more. The event has snowballed with more and more artists wanting to be a part of it. The most recent count is well over 40.
The proceeds from Hope for Haiti will be divided among the following organizations: Red Cross, Ox-Fam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF, and the Wyclef Jean Foundation, but they will all benefit the people of Haiti. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, suffered an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude near its capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. The quake resulted in the collapse of thousands of poorly engineered buildings, killing thousands of people and injuring thousands of others.
MTV reports Mr. Clooney’s request of MTV’s young audience: ‘Get involved, whatever you do. This is about compassion. There are times in our lives when people are really without help and in real danger, and this is one of those times.”
[Photo, bottom: Robert Pattinson, here in a scene from his new film, Remember Me, is one of the popular stars who will help with the Hope for Haiti telethon. (Summit Entertainment / MySpace)].
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